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High up in the Ivory Tower

Hi APC! I’m Francesca, and I live on College Confidential. You laugh, but it’s true: the uncharted wilderness of this website is like when the ruthless contributors of Reddit meet a Wikipedia wormhole. Specifically, I find myself drawn to the terrifying, mesmerizing, and strangely addictive world of the Ivy Leagues. 

I am awed by how videos of Harvard acceptance letters go viral on YouTube, how celebrities pay small fortunes to ensure their childrens’ admission, and how those infamous single-digit acceptance rates haunt thousands of high schoolers every year. 

Now, let me first make a disclaimer. I neither love nor despise the Ivies; I’m just… fascinated by them. If the college application process was a video game (just typing that hurt), these elite universities are like a mysterious bonus level, where we peasants can only dream of whatever magic occurs beyond their hallowed halls. 

Honestly, applying to an Ivy is like gambling but only for high achieving, try-hard, straight-As-my-whole-life kind of kids. It’s the ultimate proof that all those sleepless nights studying and our time-consuming internships over the summer weren’t in vain. We didn’t slave over AP’s for nothing, people! We want to see validation! But it always boils down to a simple question: am I good enough to get in? 

As a senior about to formally dive into the application process, I’ve realized how dangerous it is to believe that your worth is linked to a school. We should never think that a degree from, say, Princeton will make or break you. Nor does gaining acceptance to any selective school brand you as officially Smart™.

So many students forget that your ambition, creativity, intelligence, passions, and every quirk that makes you you can’t be credited to any college. It’s been within you since day one. So log out of College Confidential. Ex out of all those admission page tabs. Take a deep breath and look in the mirror. You’re more than ready for college. The real question is, is college ready for you? 

Hello! My name is Tyler Newman and I'm a magical creature.

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I absolutely feel this sentiment right now; all my junior year I spent knee deep in that College Youtuber Sludge, taking handfuls of it and bringing it up to my face to see if I can see myself in it. My Engligh teacher and really good friend told me once that whatever college you get in is your y-intercept, but me and the effort I put in determines my slope. I could end up at a school with a “lower” y intercept, but because I know I’m a determined and passionate person, I don’t worry too much about where I… Read more »

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